Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Texas, Virginia Make Statewide Technology Commitments

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Texas, Virginia Make Statewide Technology Commitments

Article excerpt

* TWO OF THE largest states in the country have made commitments to statewide use of educational technology. The Texas Board of Education has approved the Discovery Education Science Techbook for all middle-school students. And the Virginia Department of Education has given Sublime Learning the go-ahead for a statewide pilot program to provide online professional development that is designed to help teachers throughout the state integrate technology into the classroom.

In Texas, Discovery's digital science textbook was designed to be aligned with the state's science education standards and its curriculum management system. It becomes the fifth--albeit the largest--state to adopt the "techbook," along with Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, and Oregon.

The digital textbook features virtual labs, video clips, e-book passages, and an interactive glossary of terms.

It also will include a real-time assessment component that measures student progress and recommends individualized resources in collaboration with traditional classroom instruction.

"This all-digital science adoption choice by Texas signals a systemic shift toward the acceptance of digital content as a textbook alternative," says Yolanda Rey, executive director of the Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. …

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